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Artificial Water Channels

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  • Dr. Mihail Barboiu

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    1. Adaptive Supramolecular Nanosystems Group, Institut Europeen des Membranes, ENSCM-UMII-UMR CNRS 5635, Place Eugene Bataillon CC047, 34095 Montpellier (France)
    • Adaptive Supramolecular Nanosystems Group, Institut Europeen des Membranes, ENSCM-UMII-UMR CNRS 5635, Place Eugene Bataillon CC047, 34095 Montpellier (France)
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Abstract

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Going through the channels: Synthetic scaffolds mimicking natural protein functions have been developed that allow water/proton or only water translocation pathways in bilayer membranes (see picture). The ion-exclusion behaviors of the synthetic systems are based on hydrophobic or dimensional steric effects, while hydrodynamic effects appear to be less important.

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